On FOCA: From the Bishops

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and president of the USCCB, made a strong statement to President-elect Obama and the recently elected members of Congress. The statement was written “at the request and direction of all the Bishops” and was released at the close of their fall meeting.

He offers the bishops’ congratulations to our elected representatives, and he expresses the desire of the Church to continue the work she does in the United States.

Then the Cardinal states the obvious. Or, what should be the obvious. He had to say it, because to so many people, it’s not: “The fundamental good is life itself . . . A good state protects the lives of all. ”

He goes on to clearly, briefly, and unapologetically explain why the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is bad for America.

I especially like this closing paragraph:

The recent election was principally decided out of concern for the economy, for the loss of jobs and homes and financial security for families, here and around the world. If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve. Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.

Give it a read, and pass it along.

2 responses

  1. That passage is reminiscent of Blessed Mother Teresa’s address to the last pro-abortion President at a National Prayer Breakfast :
    “But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
    And that President paid her no heed.
    Assuming this new pro-abortion President ignores Cardinal George, we need to keep in mind some other words Mother Teresa left us : “God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that we try.”

  2. We need to ask the Bishops to encourage us to withhold our taxes if FOCA passes. Such civil disobedience has precedent, and would be an ethical and moral option for us.

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